For Tim, it was a good return to the ATP Tour with victories over Marcus Girone (USA), Alex de Minor (Australia) and in the quarter-finals John Isner (USA) after the Lower Austrian recently retired to his homeland to train for seven weeks. . Against Zverev, who also dominated the king of the court of dust Rafael Nadal the day before, his current performance is no longer sufficient.
World number six from Germany managed to return the favor at least a little to Tim after a dramatic five-set defeat in the 2020 US Open final, in which Zverev was already 2-0 ahead before the Austrian turned the match and won his first Grand Slam title. .
Tim submits to Zverev in Madrid
For Dominic Theam, the semi-finals of the ATP 1000 tournament ended in Madrid. The Lower Austrian had to admit defeat to Alexander Zverev 3: 6 4: 6.
Zverev shows no weaknesses
After 13 minutes, Tim had his first break opportunity in an intense preliminary stage with a high level 1: 1, he should be the only one for a long time. In turn, Tim had to fight hard for his point, and a good backhand kept him in the match, but after all, after some serving mistakes, he succumbed to the match to 1: 3.
During this stage, Zverev repeatedly complained to the referee about what he believed was the incorrect rendering of the “Real Bounce” system, which displays the outer ball with high-resolution camera images. Video billboards on the sides of the scene also annoyed the Germans. Nevertheless, he continued in service at an average speed of 219 km / h, thus moving at the ranges of Tim’s competitor in the quarter-finals John Isner. By comparison, Tim stopped at 181 km / h.
Theme annoys Zverev only in stages
As secure as Tim was in his service games, he was helpless in serving Zverev, and the first set finished 42 minutes later with a 6: 3 world number six out of Germany. The Austrian was clearly not at the peak of his ability after a long break from the competition, while Zverev, who had played against Nadal, was on the field as a full-on player, did not give the impression that he was not 100% in any area. .
On the one hand, Tim couldn’t improve and at the decisive moments he had no way of getting his opponent into trouble. So Zverev apparently increased with a 2-time break to 4: 1 after 70 minutes of play. The first-placed finish, however, surprisingly managed to bring his first break in the match to 2: 4. However, it took more than twelve minutes for Tim to narrow it down to 3: 4.
The break comes too late
For the first time, Zverev wasn’t as confident as he had been in the previous match, but Tim could no longer catch up. With a good game, he was able to shorten it again to 4: 5, but the German did not allow himself more striptease and served safely until 6: 4.
In his sixth appearance in the Spanish capital, Tim reached the semi-finals for the fourth time in a row. In 2017 and 2018 he reached the final (defeats to Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev / Gere), and in 2019 he lost to Novak Djokovic (SRB) in the semi-finals. In 2020, the tournament is canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.